In today’s post I would like to open up the topic of natural remedies. There is not a whole lot of literature out there on the variety of natural herbs and remedies but I have tried to pull a little bit together with a bit of help from Mama! Please note: if anyone out there knows a bit more about the natural remedies I mention here, please get in touch. Apologies, as we only knew the traditional non-English names for some of these.
I first came across this when my mom was over for a visit in London. She decided to make herself some tea from some powdered seeds which she got from Ghana. I smelt the brew and almost asked her to take the stuff as far away from the house as possible as the powder had a very strong pungent smell. I was just not ready for it. I asked her what on earth it was. It was dawadawa. This powder is made from the seed of the dawadawa tree, a tree of economic significance that grows in the northern regions of Ghana. The tree is of similar significance to that of the shea nut tree, which serves in reducing poverty amongst rural communities, especially women. You may find a little research has gone into the properties of dawadawa, but not a lot. From what I have read, it is used as a food additive to beef up the flavour and texture of soups and stews. All I know is that Mama was drinking it for its medicinal purposes. It is known to control diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Shea butter (nku)
Shea butter is very well known in the confectionary and cosmetics industry, however it is known to have medicinal properties. It is used as a moisturiser to soothe dry skin, a massage oil for pain management and for the relief of nasal congestion. ref: wikipedia
This wild flower is good for diabetes. Its leaves can be chewed raw and can add a wild touch to a salad when added to lettuce. It is good for diabetes and high blood pressure.
Now this is where it gets very difficult. All we know about this is that it is great for managing diabetes and is consumed as a hot drink when boiled or brewed.
Moringa leaf powder
Now this is just one natural product that is going through the roof but I will focus in brief on the leaf powder. This is rich in iron and helps to lower blood pressure and is great in assisting weight-loss!
If anyone out there knows a bit more about what I have started sharing here, please comment or simply get in touch.